Black & White
April 17 - June 18, 2016
Artgalerie, Siegen, Germany
“Choosing not to create the singular indexical, and direct reality-mirroring image beloved of the Bechers and their followers, Kellner chose to make an image that could not for a moment be equated with the real thing, by moving his camera in a succession of shots that he collectively combined to constitute both a reference and an interpretation.” Nordström, Alison, Fotografia -Poland (no. 24-25), 2008, page 128
Art- Galerie Siegen presents my exhibition:
Thomas Kellner Black & White
the opening will be 17. April 2016, 11 am
at Art Galerie, Fürst-Johann-Moritz- Straße 1, 57072 Siegen.
“Who would have thought that so much wonder could still be created with straight photographs in a time given to digital manipulation?” Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune
Starting in 2016, German and international galleries will be presenting Thomas Kellner’s new exhibition “Black & White”. Silver gelatin tableaux made by Kellner between 1997 and 2005 will be on display. In this exhibition, Kellner recalls his beginnings as an artist and his roots in black-and-white photography using the analog gelatin silver process. Those who have followed Kellner’s photography over the years know that most of his works have been published and exhibited in color. However, there was a time when Kellner worked in black and white. Even though most of his black-and-white works were never published, they do reflect his early career when he worked mostly in silver gelatin. Kellner developed his unique visual language of multiple perspectives and the deconstructive approach in a sequence mounted on a contact sheet of 35-mm roll of film.
Starting with his first sketches of the Eiffel Tower as a homage to Robert Delaunay and Orphism (the French offshoot of cubism) in Paris in 1997, Kellner totally turned his attention from landscape to architecture and the growing complexity of his compositions. He creates ageless classic images in his newly invented visual language based on Cubism. In Kellner’s early black-and-white images, the observer can see how he focuses on the structure itself. The balance between the object and its visual form are at the center of his creations.The exhibition will show iconic black-and-white images from San Francisco, New York City and Chicago for the first time. On exhibit will also be a selection of 50 of Kellner’s best black-and-white images to start 2016 in Cologne and Siegen. The presentation will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Seltmann+söhne, Lüdenscheid and Berlin with an essay by Harris Fogel.
Thomas Kellner - Black & White - Artgalerie Siegen
17.4. – 18.6.2016, opening 17. April 2016, 11 am
Art Galerie Helga Oberkalkofen
Fürst – Johann – Moritz – Str. 1 57072 Siegen
Tel.: 0271/339603 Fax: 0271/339601 Mail: email@example.com
Öffnungszeiten der Ausstellung Do. u. Fr. von 14.00 bis 19.00 Uhr u. n. V.
thank you to Helga Oberkalkofen for showing Black & White in Siegen and thank you to Dr. Susanne Conzen for her wonderful opening speech
get a signed copy of my new book Black & White this weekend at Artgalerie in Siegen
Langer, F. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 14. Januar 2016
Müller-Zimmermann, G., Siegener Zeitung 15. April 2016
Andriessen, Klaus, Wetzlarer Zeitung 15. April 2016
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